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A chilling reminder

February 18, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Reduce The Use

On Groundhog Day, which weather predictor do you tend to go with: Punxsutawney Phil or General Beauregard Lee? During the first week of February it seemed the woodchuck weatherman from Atlanta had nailed it when he did not see his shadow and called for an early spring. However, this week has been a totally different story and has me thinking Phil from Pennsylvania may have been on to something when he called for six more weeks of winter. It has not only been cold but also windy and even a little icy in places.

To this South Carolina born and bred girl, it has felt very much like winter is settling in for a spell.

It may be cold outside, but I do not let the chill follow me inside. In fact, one of the first things I do when I get home in the evening is put on my favorite sweats and fuzzy socks. It's amazing not only how comfortable I am, but how warm and toasty the socks and sweatshirt make me feel. At Santee Cooper we offer many tips like this to help you stay warm and comfortable on the coldest of winter days without bumping up the thermostat.

In addition to saving you money on your energy bill, keeping your thermostat at or below 68 degrees can also help Santee Cooper manage our load, which helps us maintain reliability. When our customers start the day by heating up the house, taking a hot shower, cooking breakfast and catching the morning news, it requires a lot of electricity and sometimes causes peak usage. Peak usage can put a strain on transformers and other elements of our system. Small changes like doing laundry or washing dishes during non-peak times can help offset peak-energy usage and allow us to better manage the load requirements on our system.

It may still be too early to say for sure which groundhog is right, but one thing is for sure: We still have some cold days ahead. So just remember you can conserve energy and still be comfortable in your home. Creating a winter weather win for you and for Santee Cooper.